WaffleMore sugar in the food system means more diabetes. That’s exactly what a collaborative study says including researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine, the University of California-Berkeley and the University of California-San Francisco. This incredibly comprehensive study examined diabetes rates from throughout 175 countries.

New York Times writer, Mark Bittman summarized the crux of the study best when he  said “for every 12 ounces of sugar-sweetened beverage introduced per person per day into a country’s food system, the rate of diabetes goes up 1 percent.” 

It’s no secret that sugar is in just about every processed food, and certainly in an incredible amount of the beverages we consume.  Here are 15 foods that contain sugar, or more sugar than you might think. Teaspoon for teaspoon, serving for serving, these foods will make you think twice about what you put in your mouth. 

4 Pieces of Licorice = 4 tsp

7 Rolos = 7 tsp

1 Bottle Gatorade = 5 tsp

1 Clif Bar = 5.5 tsp

1 Can of Condensed Tomato Soup = 7 tsp

1 Healthy Choice Chicken Sweet & Sour w/ Rice & Broccoli = 4.5 tsp

1 Dannon Fruit on the Bottom Oikos Yogurt = 4.5 tsp

4 Marshmallows (regular size) = 5 tsp

½ Cup Prego Traditional Spaghetti Sauce = 2 tsp

1 Serving Minute Maid OJ (from concentrate) = 5.5 tsp

1 Serving Eggo Homestyle Waffles = 5.5 tsp

1 Bottle Glaceau Vitamin Water = 7.5 tsp

1 Serving Oscar Mayer Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork = 4 tsp

1 Container Gerber Graduate Yogurt Blends = 3 tsp

1 Package Betty Crocker Fruit Gushers = 3 tsp

Traci is a nationally recognized health and fitness expert who has been featured on The TODAY Show and Dr. Oz. Traci is available for corporate speaking events and wellness coaching, as well as private training. Contact Traci here

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